Massive, wind-fanned fire destroys home in Oriental

Jeff Aydelette, March 26, 2017

Homeowners escape without injury ORIENTAL – Horrific fire, with mind-numbing blazes, Saturday morning about 11:30 completely destroyed the two-story residence of George and Judy Smith at 402 Whittaker Point Drive – and may have severely damaged two vehicles parked in the home’s driveway. The homeowners escaped, and reported no injuries. By noon, massive flames had totally engulfed the structure. At one point -- before an overwhelming response by up to four Volunteer Fire Departm...
Amaré Jarvis headed to regional of Scripps National Spelling Bee

Jeff Aydelette, March 24, 2017

‘Not nervous’ says fourth grader at Fred A. Anderson Elementary BAYBORO -- Every year, students from all walks of life have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Youngsters progress from classroom to cafeteria, from auditorium to civic center, delighting friends, family, and sponsors along the way! THE BEE’S PURPOSE: To help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help th...
Charter School to herald $8.9 million expansion

Special to the County Compass, March 23, 2017

By Maureen Donald ARAPAHOE -- A fun-filled afternoon is planned at Arapahoe Charter School Friday, April 7, from 1:30 until 3 to celebrate 20 years as the area’s only public regional school of choice and mark construction of an $8.9 million expansion. Since 1997, Arapahoe Charter School has provided a learning environment that offers the kind of individualized instruction and family atmosphere that is unique among both Pamlico County and surrounding counties schools. Enrollment has doubl...
Carteret drug enforcement efforts lead to more convictions

Special to the County Compass, March 21, 2017

SCOTT E. THOMAS DISTRICT ATTORNEY Beaufort, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following defendants charged in ongoing Carteret County drug enforcement efforts entered guilty pleas prior to their cases being called for trial this week. The convictions were obtained during a special session of court, requested by District Attorney Thomas to address the caseload created by vigorous law enforcement efforts to counter illegal drug transactions. Senior Resident Superior...
Statue dedication ceremony set for March 22

The County Compass, March 21, 2017

Welding students, instructor create one-of-a-kind tribute to community college By Attila Nemecz Public Relations Coordinator Beaufort County Community College WASHINGTON -- Beaufort County Community College plans to dedicate a sculpture created by its welding students and instructor as part of the school’s 50th anniversary. Although everyone is welcome, officials have issued a special invitation to all those who attended BCCC during the 1967 – 1969 period, the college’s first three y...
Virginia Elizabeth Humphrey charged with Felony Child Abuse after child ingests opiate based narcotic

The County Compass, March 20, 2017

Sheriff Chris Davis | Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office On Friday, March 17, 2017, at approximately 5:00pm, Pamlico County 911 Communication Center received a 911 call requesting medical assistance at 242 Longleaf Drive in Reelsboro NC in reference to a 3-year-old child that had possibly taken adult medication. Upon arrival, Deputies made contact with Virginia Elizabeth Humphrey, the mother of the child. Humphrey stated to deputies that the child had possibly taken non-narcotic medication...
Requiem for a small town: Belhaven

Special to the County Compass, March 17, 2017

By Joe Salotti | Guest Commentary The town of Belhaven has two primary assets. Without them, Belhaven cannot survive. These are: 1) The good, honest, caring, and taxpaying citizens; 2) The view and relationship with the waters around the town, which have given the community its purpose for existence. These very elements of survival, as a town, have been challenged by their loss for many years. Unfortunately, the loss of industry and resources has had a big impact on the economy of the area. It...
Hometown hoopster budding star for March Madness-bound UNC-W

Jeff Aydelette, March 15, 2017

Known as ‘J-5’ on the court, Jaylen Fornes impressive as Seahawk freshman guard   ORLANDO – Early Thursday afternoon, UNC-Wilmington takes on the University of Virginia Cavaliers in a first round game of the NCAA basketball tournament. Expect plenty of cheers throughout Pamlico County as local fans hope Jaylen Fornes can work his magic as a freshman guard for the Seahawks. Fornes, 19, played varsity basketball for one year at Pamlico County High School, before transferr...
Pamlico County Sheriff's Office Planning Summer Camp

The County Compass, March 10, 2017

Sheriff Chris Davis Pamlico County This summer, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office is planning to begin a new program geared at helping our youth in Pamlico County. We understand that our youth are this community’s greatest asset and want to ensure that we do all we can in making sure these young folks succeed in life. This summer we are planning to start a summer camp for our youth. This camp will last a week and we plan to run as many week-long sessions as we have kids sign up for. Ea...
Huge python moves to new home Friday morning

The County Compass, March 9, 2017

NEW BERN – The creature is big. It’s heavy. And, the crazy thing has a tendency to writhe and coil. We’re talking about ‘Butterscotch,’ which has been an important part of Bill’s Pet Shop for a long, long time. Now, the time has come for the store to move into much, much larger quarters. Unfortunately, Butterscotch’s home, which is a massive wooden cabinet with glass windows, is too big to go through the doors of the existing store location, nor those of the new store – a...



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